“A Time to Kill” Welcomes Patrick Page, Tonya Pinkins, Chike Johnson and Ashley Williams
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
NEW COURTROOM DRAMA
“ A T I M E T O K I L L ”
PATRICK PAGE, TONYA PINKINS,
CHIKE JOHNSON AND ASHLEY WILLIAMS
DASHIELL EAVES, JR HORNE, JOHN PROCACCINO,
TIJUANA RICKS, AND LEE SELLARS
ADDED TO THE POWERFUL
JOHN GRISHAM’S BEST-SELLING NOVEL
COMES TO THE STAGE
ADAPTED BY RUPERT HOLMES
DIRECTED BY ETHAN McSWEENY
JOINS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED
SEBASTIAN ARCELUS, FRED DALTON THOMPSON
AND JOHN DOUGLAS THOMPSON
**TICKETS ON SALE STARTING TODAY**
New York, NY – Producers Daryl Roth and Eva Price announced today that Patrick Page, Tony Award® winner Tonya Pinkins, Chike Johnson, and Ashley Williams plus Dashiell Eaves, J.R. Horne, John Procaccino, Tijuana Ricks, and Lee Sellars will join the previously announced Sebastian Arcelus, Fred Dalton Thompson, and John Douglas Thompson in the new Broadway courtroom drama A Time to Kill, Tony® Award-winning playwright Rupert Holmes’ stage adaptation of John Grisham’s best-selling novel. This new Broadway play holds the distinction of being the first-ever John Grisham property to be adapted for the stage. A Time to Kill is set to open on Broadway on October 20, 2013 at the John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). Previews begin September 28th. Ethan McSweeny will direct. Final casting will be announced shortly. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on July 26th at Telecharge.com (212-239-6200) or by visiting www.ATimeToKillOnBroadway.com.
“There is a great tradition of courtroom dramas in American literature and I’m thrilled to be a part of the Broadway premiere of a new addition to the genre,” said director Ethan McSweeny in a statement. “We have assembled a superb cast of actors with enormous depth to their careers each of whom will contribute something special to bringing to life the vivid tapestry of John Grisham’s Mississippi and Rupert Holmes’ gripping adaptation for the stage.”
The casting breakdown is as follows: Sebastian Arcelus as Jake Brigance; Dashiell Eaves as Pete Willard/DR Musgrove; J.R. Horne as Mr. Pate; Chike Johnson as Ozzie Walls, Patrick Page as Rufus Buckley; Tonya Pinkins as Gwen Hailey; John Procaccino as Drew Tyndale/WT Bass; Tijuana Ricks as Court Reporter; Lee Sellars as Cobb/Rhodeheaver/Grist; Fred Dalton Thompson as Judge Noose; John Douglas Thompson as Carl Lee Hailey; and Ashley Williams as Ellen Roark. Biographical information for the above is provided below.
A Time to Kill, the popular courtroom drama, tells the emotionally charged, now-iconic story of a young, idealistic lawyer, Jake Brigance, defending a black man, Carl Lee Hailey, for taking the law into his own hands following an unspeakable crime committed against his young daughter. Their small Mississippi town is thrown into upheaval, and Jake finds himself arguing against the formidable district attorney, Rufus Buckley, and under attack from both sides of a racially divided city. This drama is a thrilling courtroom battle where the true nature of what is right and what is moral are called into question.
The design team for A Time to Kill features scenic design by James Noone, costume design by Tony Award® nominee David Woolard, lighting design by Tony Award® winner Jeff Croiter, original music and sound design by Lindsay Jones, and projection design by Jeff Sugg.
John Grisham is one of the best-selling authors of all time, having written some of the most popular legal thrillers in the history of publishing, beginning in 1988 with A Time to Kill. Since then, he has written a novel a year, amassing 275 million books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 40 languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films (The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas), as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, Grisham was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi, law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel. Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Realizing he didn’t have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. In 1983, he was elected to the state House of Representatives and served until 1990.
The multihyphenate Rupert Holmes has made his mark across various mediums, as playwright, composer, orchestrator, songwriter, mystery writer, and television writer. He won the 1986 Tony® Awards for Best Book and Best Score for The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which in 2013 received an acclaimed, Tony-nominated revival at the Roundabout. Drood also represents one of two prestigious Edgar Awards for Holmes, who also won this foremost honor for mystery writing for his Broadway play Accomplice. He also received Tony nominations for 2003 Best Play for Say Goodnight Gracie and 2007 Best Book of a Musical and Best Score for Kander & Ebb’s Curtains. An accomplished mystery writer, his first novel Where the Truth Lies (Nero Wolfe nominee, Best American Mystery Novel) was adapted for the cinema by renowned filmmaker Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter), and stars Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth. He has also written the best-selling mystery Swing and the upcoming crime series for Simon & Schuster, The McMasters Guide to Homicide. His other stage credits include Broadway’s Solitary Confinement; the Washington, D.C. staging of A Time to Kill at Arena Stage; The Nutty Professor at TPAC; Robin and the 7 Hoods at The Old Globe; and Marty at Huntington. For television, he created, wrote and scored AMC’s original series “Remember WENN.”
Director Ethan McSweeny made his mark on New York with his breakout 1998 production of John Logan’s Never the Sinner, which won Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, followed by his Broadway debut with the revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, which received a 2001 Tony Award® nomination for Best Revival of a Play. His other notable New York credits include the premieres of Kate Fodor’s Rx (Primary Stages) and 100 Saints You Should Know (Playwrights Horizons), and Jason Grote’s 1001 (P73). His career has spanned a remarkably diverse body of work that includes more than 60 productions, from world premieres (1001, 100 Saints, and Trinity River Plays among others), to noted productions of classics (from Aeschylus’ The Persians to Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice), to revivals from the American canon (including Miller’s A View from the Bridge, Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and Williams’ The Glass Menagerie) to musicals both new and old (Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days, and the upcoming Pirates of Penzance). Mr. McSweeny directed an earlier version of A Time to Kill at Arena Stage. He has directed on many of the nation’s most prestigious stages including the Guthrie, the Goodman, the Old Globe, the Shakespeare Theatre, the Denver Center, the Alley, Dallas Theater Center, South Coast Rep, CenterStage, Pittsburgh Public, George Street Playhouse, San Jose Rep, Westport Playhouse, the Wilma, Primary Stages, Playwrights Horizons, and the National Actors Theatre, among others.
Sebastian Arcelus (Jake Brigance) can currently be seen as Lucas Goodwin on the Netflix original series “House of Cards,” which just received 9 Emmy Award® nominations including Outstanding Drama Series. He has starred on Broadway in Elf (Buddy), Jersey Boys (Bob Gaudio), Wicked (Fiyero), Rent (Roger Davis), and Good Vibrations. Off-Broadway credits include Happiness (Lincoln Center Theater), The Blue Flower (Second Stage), and Where’s Charley? (Encores! at City Center). He has also appeared in numerous regional and international productions, including world premiere of William Finn’s Songs of Innocence and Experience (Williamstown). Other film and TV credits include the independent feature The Last Day of August (for which he also served as producer) and “Person of Interest” (CBS). His voice can also be heard on countless television commercials and animated programs. While rehearsing and performing in A Time to Kill, Sebastian will continue his commitment as a series regular on “House Of Cards.”
Dashiell Eaves (Pete Willard/DR Musgrove) has appeared on Broadway in A Behanding In Spokane, Coram Boy, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, James Joyce’s The Dead, 1776, The Sound of Music. Off-B’way: Luck Of The Irish (LCT3), Killers and Other Family (Rattlestick), Becky Shaw (2nd Stage), Observe The Sons of Ulster… (LCT/Huntington), James Joyce’s The Dead, People Be Heard (Playwrights Horizons), STOMP (Original US cast). Regional: The Wild Duck (Bard Summerscape), Snow Falling on Cedars (Hartford Stage), Judgement Day (Bard Summerscape), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Atlantic), Not Waving, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Street Scene (Williamstown), The Seven (La Jolla), Brendan (Huntington), Hans Christian Andersen (A.C.T.), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Barrington Stage). Film: Black Dog/Red Dog (Prod. James Franco), Arthur & The War of Two Worlds (dir. Luc Besson), Beloved (dir. Jonathan Demme), STOMP OUT LOUD (HBO). TV: “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Third Watch.”
J. R. Horne (Mr. Pate) is a native of Paris, Texas and has spent 50 years in show business beginning with his own radio show at age 14. He has appeared in theaters all across the country, from Vermont to California and Alaska to New York. Broadway has seen him in Sir Richard Eyre’s production of The Crucible with Liam Neeson and Laura Linney, Inherit the Wind with George C. Scott and Charles Durning, Proof (stand-by for Len Cariou), The Show Off, Abe Lincoln in Illinois at Lincoln Center. Off- Broadway, four productions for the Atlantic Theatre Company including Ethan Coen’s Almost an Evening, Charles Busch’s Our Leading Lady at Manhattan Theatre Club, Rhinocerus at Theatre Four, Tim Blake Nelson’s Anadarko and Larry King’s The Night Hank Williams Died. Recent film sightings: Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Rachel Miller’s Pippa Lee, two for the Coen Brothers, O Brother Where Art Thou, and Burn After Reading. He has guest-starred on “Whoppi,” “Hope & Faith” and has logged over two dozen appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman” as various strange people. J. R. is a former President of the New York local of the American Federation of Television/Radio Artists and is the father of actor, Devin Horne. He is a resident of Manhattan and lives on the upper Westside with a lot of books.
Chiké Johnson (Ozzie Walls) most recently appeared in The Goodman Theatre’s production of Meet Vera Stark and Milwaukee Rep’s production of Raisin in the Sun. His New York credits include; Manhattan Theatre Club’s Wit on Broadway and Off Broadway’s Lost In The Stars in New York City Center’s Encores! He also appeared in the Off Broadway production of Ruined co produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club and The Goodman Theatre. Some of his other Chicago credits include: Sizwe Banzi is Dead at the Court Theatre and The Crucible, The Unmentionables and Huck Finn at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Regional credits include a revival of The Unmentionables at Yale Repertory Theatre; Lincoln in Topdog/Underdog at Renaissance Theaterworks; Duke of Cornwall in King Lear at Milwaukee Repertory Theater; Cephus Miles in Home at In Tandem Theatre; Willie in Master Harold and the boys at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre; and Martin Luther King, Jr. in Smoldering Fires at First Stage Children’s Theater. Some of Mr. Johnson’s film credits include Friends with Benefits, Sleep walk with Me, The Machinist and his television credits include “Law & Order,” “Girls,” “Veep,” and “Prison Break.”
Patrick Page (Rufus Buckley) appeared on Broadway as De Guiche in Cyrano De Bergerac; Osborn/Green Goblin in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark; Scar in The Lion King; Decius Brutus in Julius Caesar; The Grinch in How The Grinch Stole Christmas; Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast; Marley/Scrooge in Christmas Carol; The Kentucky Cycle. Off-Broadway: Rex, Richard II, Duchess of Malfi, Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall. Regional: 25 years including Coriolanus, Macbeth, Iago, etc. (Shakespeare Theatre Company DC,—Associate Artist): Cyrano, Malvolio, etc (Old Globe,–Associate Artist); Hamlet, Richard III, Henry V, Brutus, Marc Antony, Mercutio, etc—at Oregon Shakes, Seattle Rep, ACT, Utah Shakes, Indiana Rep, Cincinatti Playhouse, etc. TV/FILM: Substance of Fire, Good Wife, All My Children, One Life To Live, SVU, Affluenza, Sing Along, Mystery of Matter, etc. Awards: Drama Desk & Outer Critics, noms, Princess Grace, Helen Hayes, Craig Noel, Joseph Jefferson, Richard Seff and Princess Grace Statue Awards , Matador Award for Classical Theatre, Will Award for Classical Theatre, Utah Governor’s Medal for the Arts.
Tonya Pinkins (Gwen Hailey) performs her cabaret shows Unplugged, Bring On The Men and Hurricane Ethel around the country. In 2012 Tonya won the Lucille Lortel award for best supporting actress for her performance as a chain smoking mom in Milk Like Sugar. 2011-2012, she played a wide range of roles from the Countess in All’s Well That Ends Well-NYSF, Mistress Overdone in Measure for Measure-NYSF, a feisty great grandmother in Katori Hall’s Hurt Village-Signature Theater and a Bronx Latina in John Patrick Shanley’s end to the Doubt trilogy: Storefront Church- Atlantic Theater. Tonya won the Obie, Lortel, Garland, NAACP Theater and LA Drama Critics awards and was nominated for the Olivier, Tony, Drama League, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for her performance as the title character in Caroline or Change. She won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Monarch and Clarence Derwent Awards for the role of Sweet Anita in Jelly’s Last Jam opposite Gregory Hines. Other Broadway appearances include Play One (Tony nomination), The Wild Party, Radio Golf, Chronicle of a Death Foretold and the original Broadway cast of Merrily We Roll Along. Her regional theater performances have been nominated for the Noel, Helen Hayes, Ovation and Joseph Jefferson awards. She portrayed Livia on “All My Children” and Heather Dalton on “As the World Turns.” In upcoming films Tonya appears opposite Woody Allen in John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo, Shaka King’s Newlyweeds, and Jono Oliver’s Home. Tonya has appeared in Disney’s Enchanted, Above the Rim, Noah’s Arc, Jumping the Broom, “Army Wives,” “24,” and “Criminal Minds” among others. She is the author of Get Over Yourself: How to Drop the Drama and Claim the Life You Deserve (Hyperion Books); she is also the creator of The Actorpreneur Attitude TM. She teaches a performance workshop OutActing Singers monthly. Visit her @TonyaPinkins Twitter and www.TonyaPinkins.com
John Procaccino (Drew Tyndale/WT Bass) has appeared on Broadway in: An Enemy of the of the People, An American Daughter, A Thousand Clowns, Conversations with My Father, Art (understudy/Alan Alda). Lincoln Center: Blood and Gifts, Nikolai and the Others. National tour: The Light in the Piazza. Off-Broadway: New York Shakespeare Festival. Arena Stage: Broadway revival, The Normal Heart. Regional: Art, Good Boys and True (Steppenwolf); Death of a Salesman (Old Globe Theatre ). A Prayer for My Enemy, Curse of the Starving Class, Sylvia, A Moon for the Misbegotten, and We Won’t Pay, We Won’t Pay (Long Wharf Theatre) All the Kings Men, Arms and the Man and The Singing Forest (Intiman Theatre); Tartuffe, Caucasian Chalk Circle,Two Gentleman of Verona and Long Day’s Journey into Night (Seattle Repertory) and The Night of the Iguana, Dinner with Friends, Side Man, Grand Magic and The Crucible (ACT Theatre). Film and TV: The Runner Stumbles, Three Fugitives, Born to Be Wild, “Law & Order,” “NYPD Blue,” “Northern Exposure,” “Rose Red” and “Smash.”
Tijuana Ricks (Court Reporter) makes her Broadway debut with A Time to Kill. Regional Theater: THIS at Hartford TheaterWorks, Death of a Salesman at the Yale Repertory Theatre, Stick Fly and The Overwhelming at The Contemporary American Theatre Festival, The Women of Brewster Place the Musical at Arena Stage and The Alliance Theatre. Television: The Carrie Diaries, Deception, 666 Park Avenue, Blue Bloods, Law and Order, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, 30 Rock, Royal Pains, Law and Order: CI, Guiding Light, Conviction, Gossip Girl, Six Degrees. Film: Beware the Night, The Girl in the Park, The Savages, The Architect. Tijuana is Louisiana born and raised and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
Lee Sellars (Cobb/Rhodeheaver) has been seen on Broadway in: West Side Story (Officer Krupke), Talk Radio. Other theatre credits include: The Hollow, A Few Good Men – Alley Theatre, Tales From Hollywood – Guthrie Theatre, Twelve Angry Men, The Subject Was Roses, The Pillowman -George Street Playhouse, A Small Melodramatic Story – LAByrinth Theatre Company, Pig Farm, The God of Hell, The Eelwax Jesus 3D Pop Music Show, Rounding Third -CATF, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead – The Arden Theatre, The Pavilion- Actors Theatre Louisville, Inventing Van Gogh- City Theatre Pittsburgh, The Alchemist – Classic Stage, The Grey Zone- Long Wharf… Film and TV: Thanks for Sharing, Tenderness, “Unforgettable,” “Delocated,” “Lipstick Jungle,” “Law and Order” (recurring), “Savages,” “Chapelle’s Show,” “Rocket Science,” “The Sopranos,” “Chicago Hope,” “Third Watch,” “Early Edition,” “ER” (recurring), The Curse of the Crimson Mask, “Law and Order: CI,” Groundhog Day…
Fred Dalton Thompson (Judge Noose) has had one of the most unusual and interesting careers on the American scene today. It has encompassed the law, politics, radio, television and motion pictures. Thompson, a lawyer, first appeared on screen in the film Marie in 1985, portraying himself in the fact-based story of a high-profile public corruption case he handled in Tennessee. Since then, he has appeared in numerous movies including No Way Out, In the Line of Fire, Die Hard II, Days of Thunder and The Hunt for Red October. He became known for his portrayal of New York District Attorney Arthur Branch on the Emmy Award-winning NBC television drama, “Law & Order.” He also appeared in Disney’s Secretariat released in 2010, Summit Entertainment’s Sinister in 2012 and has done multiple guest spots on “The Good Wife” (CBS). Thompson served eight years as a Senator from Tennessee, and in 2008 sought the Republican nomination for President of the United States. Prior to his election, Thompson maintained law offices in Nashville and Washington. Earlier in his career, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Tennessee. In 1973, he was appointed by Senator Howard Baker to serve as Minority Counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee where Thompson first gained national attention for leading the line of inquiry that revealed the audio-taping system in the White House Oval Office. He detailed his Watergate experience in his Watergate memoir, At That Point in Time. In his recent book, Teaching the Pig to Dance, he humorously recounts his growing-up years in a small Tennessee town. In addition to his movie and TV appearances, he serves as a business consultant and spokesperson. He resides in McLean, Virginia with his wife, Jeri and daughter, Hayden and son, Sammy. His sons, Daniel and Tony, live in Nashville.
John Douglas Thompson (Carl Lee Hailey) can currently be seen in Mother Courage with Olympia Dukakis at Shakespeare & Co. John was the subject of an extensive profile piece in The New Yorker. He recently appeared on stage as Herald Loomis in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone directed by Phylicia Rashad at The Mark Taper Forum. Other theatre credits include Satchmo at the Waldorf (Connecticut Critics Association Award), The Iceman Cometh with Brian Dennehy and Nathan Lane at The Goodman Theatre, Richard III, Othello (Drama League nomination, Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award and Joe A. Callaway Award), The Emperor Jones (Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Nominations; Joe A. Calloway Award), The Forest with Dianne Weist, Cyrano de Bergerac with Kevin Kline, Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington, Henvy IV at The RSC, Antony and Cleopatra with Kate Mulgrew, Hedda Gabler, King Lear with Sam Waterston, Jesus Hopped the A Train (Barrymore Award). His feature film credits include The Bourne Legacy, Malcolm X and Michael Clayton.
Ashley Williams (Ellen Roark) first appeared on TV starring in the NBC comedy, “Good Morning Miami,” and recurring as one of the “mothers” on the CBS series “How I Met Your Mother” on CBS over that series’ run. Ashley starred opposite Kate Hudson & Ginnifer Goodwin in the Warner Brothers movie Something Borrowed as well as appearing in the Oscar-nominated Margin Call. She has done recurring arcs on “Warehouse 13” for SyFy, Showtime’s “Huff,” NBC’s “E-Ring,” Lifetime’s “Side Order Of Life”, and TNT’s “Saving Grace.” Williams has also been featured on many other series, including “The Mentalist,” “CSI,” “New Adventures Of Old Christine,” “Psych,” “Monk,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Love Bites,” “The Protector,” “The Wedding Band,” “American Dreams,” and “Retired At 35.” She’s starred in four Lifetime movies, two ABC Family movies, and does at least one television pilot every year. Williams began her career on the daytime series “As The World Turns.” At The Williamstown Theater Festival she was in Michael Grief’s Street Scene, Annie Dorsen’s The Blue Bird, and various other plays as a non-equity actress. She understudied Rachel Weisz and Gretchen Mol opposite Paul Rudd in The Shape of Things, directed by Neil Labute and went on for Rachel more than a dozen times. She attended Boston University’s theater conservatory and has studied at RADA and LAMDA. She makes her home in Los Angeles with her husband, producer Neal Dodson, and she also works professionally as a doula.
Daryl Roth (Producer) just received the 2013 Tony® Award for Best Musical for her hit production of Kinky Boots. She holds the singular distinction of producing seven Pulitzer Prize-winning plays: August: Osage County (Tony Award), Proof (Tony Award), Wit, How I Learned to Drive, Anna in the Tropics, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women, and Clybourne Park (Tony Award). Over 85 Award-winning productions including: Love, Loss, and What I Wore; The Baby Dance; Bea Arthur on Broadway; Camping with Henry and Tom; Caroline, or Change; A Catered Affair; Closer Than Ever; Curtains; De La Guarda; Defying Gravity; Die Mommie Die!; The Divine Sister; Driving Miss Daisy; Fela!; Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (Tony Award); Irena’s Vow; A Little Night Music; Manuscript; Medea; The Normal Heart (Tony Award); Old Wicked Songs; One Man, Two Guvnors; Edward Albee’s The Play About the Baby; Salome; Snakebit; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; The Temperamentals; Thom Pain…; Through the Night; Thurgood; Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Vigil; War Horse (Tony Award); Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; The Year of Magical Thinking; and the documentary film My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story.
Eva Price (Producer) was most recently represented on Broadway by Peter and the Starcatcher, which won 5 Tony Awards during its celebrated run and now continues Off-Broadway at New World Stages. Broadway: Annie (2013 Tony nomination for Best Revival of a Musical), Lewis Black, Franke Valli and the Four Seasons, Kathy Griffin Wants A Tony, Colin Quinn Long Story Short, The Merchant of Venice, The Addams Family, Wishful Drinking, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Selected Off-Broadway and Touring: Forever Dusty, Voca People, Ella, The Magic School Bus Live!, ‘S Wonderful. Eva was recently named to Crain’s New York “40 Under Forty” Rising Stars in Business and Blouin Art Info’s “Top 25 Under 35” Emerging Broadway Players.